And if he thinks he can intimidate Pakistan, China’s expanding presence in that country says otherwise.
Donald Trump kept us guessing about Afghanistan. Never during his campaign, nor in the first seven months of his presidency, did he give us an inkling of what he thought should be our policy goal in America’s longest-lasting war.
With his August 21 speech, the president charted a path forward. It is now President Trump’s war, whether he wants it or not. The speech, written more from the standpoint of his advisors than his own, made several pronouncements to which the world — especially our adversaries and enemies — will pay great attention.
The president said that we must seek an “honorable and enduring” ending to the war worthy of the sacrifices our soldiers have made.